“You have to want it. You have to wake up thinking about it. You have to be obsessed. You can’t go half-way.”
Our head trainer was giving us a speech on Sunday night after our wrestling show. He works for the WWE and is on Monday Night Raw every week, so his opinion is highly respected and carries a ton of weight. He gave us a hell of a speech and I really took in what he was saying.
I also thought about how this applies to personal finance and other goals. I’m fortunate in the sense that I can attend random MMA-classes during the day, workout when I please and eat pretty well. My goal the last five years was to become financially free. Now it’s your turn.
Do you have a bold goal that you’re after? Do you want to pay off your student loans? Do you want to leave a crappy job? Do you just want to travel more often?
You have to invest money, time, effort, and even your emotions into achieving your goals.
When I spoke to the economics class last week, one student asked about chasing goals and general tips for his business.
My thoughts are rather unique on this topic. I believe in the following.
You can try your best and be happy with whatever outcome happens… or you can do whatever it takes to get what you want.
I believe that patience is for slackers. You need to be radical with your thinking and doing. You need to take bold actions. You need to do whatever it takes to create your ideal lifestyle. You also need to pay your bills on time.
I’m a huge fan of the following quote.
“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” – Dorothy Parker
With all of that being said, there’s a big issue : MONEY
This leads to a quick little rant.
I have a HUGE pet peeve that I need to share right now!
It is completely irresponsible to suggest to someone that they quit their job or do something drastic without a solid plan.
Will you pay their bills? Will you feed them? Nope. So stop giving out useless advice and writing top ten lists for why you should quit your job.
I will never tell you to quit your job, unless you have a plan that you’re willing to execute. If you want to quit your job you need to check out my case study with a friend who quit his job.
The good news is that you can start working right now to get the wheels in motion for any major goal.
Another student asked a provoking question last week:
How do you make everything happen?
I believe that it’s all about putting in the work to create a lifestyle that you actually enjoy. You can start a business or you can work your butt off at two jobs to ensure that you have money to pay off debt and have fun.
This leads into the rest of our party today…
How can I save money up to make a colossal lifestyle change?
We already looked at how to build up FU money. This is key. You have to be ruthless and do anything and everything to pay off your debt and save up money. I don’t want to repeat myself so I won’t.
I just want you to stop making excuses, being jealous of your friends, and letting time slip away. I’ve linked to more than enough articles in this post alone to ensure that you can make a colossal lifestyle change without going broke. You have all of the tools that you need.
What else needs to happen for this lifestyle change?
I’ve heard from many readers that are all over the place. And guess what? That’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with experimenting when you’re young.
It beats having unanswered questions as you grow older.
- You want to work in a hostel for a year? Go for it!
- You want to work two jobs while you pay off debt? Amazing!
- You have to live at up to beef up the savings? Do it!
What will you do to sacrifice so that you can make a lifestyle change? You tell me…
You need to tackle something worth going after. You don’t have to be a wolf about it or behave in a shady manner. You can help others while you work on improving your situation. You can maintain your integrity. You just might have to speak up and demand what you want more often.
I have to conclude with this (a warning)…
Studenomics is not for everyone. Seriously. In the beginning we looked at saving money on the basics and first date tips. Now we’re getting a little more advanced. I’ve grown with the blog. We’ve all grown together. If you don’t like the new direction or are not ready for the next step, that’s cool. You can read through the archives.
This is you wake up call to start making moves in the right direction to create your ideal lifestyle.
“If in the last few years you haven’t discarded a major opinion or acquired a new one, check your pulse. You may be dead.” — Gelett Burgess